According to ESPN’s Rob Demovsky, the Green Bay Packers drafted the following players Tuesday: receiver Geronimo Allison, receiver Danny Davis, tackle Sage Doxtater, tackle Derek Kerstetter, tackle Sam Schlueter and center Chris Owens. That’s correct, the Geronimo Allison.
Allison played three seasons for the Packers, recording 89 receptions for 1,045 yards and six touchdowns with Green Bay. More recently, he’s spent time with the Detroit Lions and Atlanta Falcons, but hasn’t recorded a reception since leaving Green Bay after the 2019 season.
Davis is also a former Packer who was fired during the team’s cut to an 80-man roster last summer. He recorded a touchdown on his preseason debut in Green Bay in 2022, but missed Week 2 action with an injury and was dismissed. Davis is a former Wisconsin Badger who has made 27 starts for the in-state program.
It’s interesting that the Packers brought in several receivers who have already played under head coach Matt LaFleur, since Green Bay is currently fielding four practice team receivers: Juwann Winfree, Travis Fulgham, Dede Westbrook and Jeff Cotton. Winfree and Fulgham have been on the practice team all season, with Winfree even being raised three times in 2022, while Westbrook was signed last week and Cotton two weeks ago.
Originally signed by the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted free agent, Doxtater saw some left tackle play for the team that summer. Unfortunately, he was injured in the pre-season and was released with an injury compensation. Most recently, he spent a week on the Arizona Cardinals practice team.
Kerstetter played and was both tackle and center in Texas at the collegiate level one of the better pass blockers in college football during his time with the Longhorns, according to Pro Football Focus. He originally signed with the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted free agent and later worked for the New England Patriots and Houston Texans.
Like Doxtater, Schlueter was also waived an injury regulation in August. He spent the preseason with the San Francisco 49ers and later worked for the New York Jets and Atlanta Falcons. All three of these offensive staffs have crossovers with LaFleur’s system.
Owens, an Alabama product, like Kerstetter, has played both tackle and center. He originally signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted free agent and received one $5,000 sign up bonus to sign with them, which is somewhat remarkable for an undrafted player. He was released in mid-August and picked up by the New York Giants, where he spent a week. He was recently the third highest offensive line pick in last week’s XFL draft.
Green Bay does not have a single offensive lineman on its 16-man practice team, but the team does have 10 offensive linemen on its 53-man roster. It’s possible the Packers will drop to nine offensive linemen as outside linebacker Tipa Galeai is expected to return to the active roster from injured reserve soon. Tackle Luke Tenuta, who was claimed by Green Bay in October, has yet to qualify for a regular season game.
As of now, the team has yet to announce a signing of this training series.